First Course: Synopsis / SongsFirst Course is a tour through the decades from 1890 to 1980 with each song linked by a short sketch; it is not a parody rather more individual and biased perspectives of each decade. The decades are broken down into:
"Sort Of" deals with the coyness of young love.
"Mists of Love" is deliberate parody - a young man sings of his love for his "dark, gypsy maiden".
"Heroes" - the youthful enthusiasm of a soldier, a sailor and an airman, the glory of the fight, and the "glamour" of joining the Forces take on an acid taste as the reality of war and death loom closer.
"Tea-Tango" – two liberated females declare their new emancipated philosophy.
"Drinking at Charlie's" - a barman's-eye view of the pre-war years.
"Air-Raids" - a song from the friendly local air-raid warden.
"Fifties Rock" - a summing-up of the early years of rock 'n' roll.
"Times were swinging" - mini-skirts, love and peace, Liverpool, flowers in the hair - the swinging sixties.
"A Song for Europe" - an original Eurovision song which takes a sideways look at that part of the music business.
"Hey 1980" - where will the eighties take us?
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